Originally Posted by pear
Thanks. I got my PS4 to work instantly on the exact same cables. It must be a setting
I have not set properly.
I assume you mean the PS4 and not the PS4 Pro. The PS4 doesn't do 4K. Neither does your Pioneer Elite plasma. They don't require anything more than an HDMI 1.4 connection. Getting 4K HDR10 out of your ATV 4K to the TV requires an HDMI 2.0a connection. The difference in data rate is more than 4x, so a cable could be fine for 1080p but no good for 4K. Or it could be fine for 4K at 30 Hz but not 60 Hz.
Is your Anthem AVR relatively new, i.e. introduced within the last few years? If so, it should support HDMI 2.0a. If it's a little older, it might only support 4K but not HDR10.
Also, how long are the cables? There's more cable loss at higher data rates, so it's hard to find anything longer than 10m that's certified to work at 18 Gbps.
Originally Posted by Goose619
Alright everyone. I’d like to ask what is wrong with you all that are recommending the a8g to people?
I’m coming from a Panasonic plasma vt30. I bought this tv in 2011! Can someone explain to me why it’s faster and more intuitive to use?
Major issues with this tv.
1. Only has two high speed hdmi ports for 4K hdr. One of them happens to be the arc hdmi... wtf is that about? I have a Sonos soundbar. So I have to lose a 4K hdr input just to have good audio.
2. Every once in a while I turn on the tv and it shows an Android boot screen that takes no joke 20-30 seconds to boot. Who thinks this is normal?????!!
3. Dolby vision looks atrociously dim on an Apple TV. You have to enable auto contrast just to make it look decent.
4. There’s some weird bug where the picture shifts and you end up with a thin black vertical column of black on either the left or right side of the tv. I’ve verfied this by looking at the Apple TV overscan settings whenever I suspected this was happening. Sure enough one side is cut off. This happens sporadically.
5. Android is a terrible thing to have to use to mess with the tv settings. Android in general is just disgustingly bloated to use why would I have to use it to change tv settings? Even the dang volume ui has lag!
I’m honestly considering taking this back and going with the lg c9. All these issues with the a8g just aren’t worth slightly better upsscaling.
1. Yes, it's a dumb penny pinching limitation, probably part of the marketing strategy to up-sell people into the A9G. The reason why they put ARC on one of the high speed inputs is because a good number of people are going to connect this thing to an AV processor or receiver, and if they didn't have one input that could do both, those people would be screwed. Note that the other inputs will still do 4K HDR @30 Hz, and everything I've found on UHD Blu-Ray is 24p, so there should be no issues with using any of the inputs to connect a UHD Blu-Ray player. In theory, it should be no issue for streaming either, but I already know of one problem: Netflix app on Roku insists on detecting support for 4K @60Hz even though they don't have content that requires it. If you really need two full-speed inputs, you should be able to connect the sound bar using the optical connection. Optical is limited to DD 5.1 or DTS 5.1 or stereo PCM, but that's kind of a non-issue for a sound bar. Losing HDMI CEC features like auto on/off and volume control from the TV remote might be an inconvenience depending on your situation.
2. Luckily, I've never seen this. Sounds like something is causing Android to crash going into or out of standby. You've either found a bug, or maybe a compatibility problem with one of your connected devices.
3. This is a widely reported complaint with ATV 4K and streaming services. I see it all over various forums and it seems to be non-TV specific.
4. I haven't seen this either. How thin is thin? If it's like 1 pixel wide, I might not have noticed.
5. This is my biggest gripe. In terms of design and features, I knew what I was getting into with Android TV because I've had an NVidia Shield for the last few years. But the Shield is always snappy while the A8G is usually laggy, sometimes really laggy, like when scrolling through the program guide for OTA TV. My A8G was running Android 7.1 when I got it. I upgraded to 8.0 right away. If you haven't done that, please do. Also, you can use the Action Menu button on the remote to access the settings so you don't have to go back through the Android home screen.
Originally Posted by Sithfaced
Returned my Sony OLED for a Samsung Q80
So.... I did a ton of research to upgrade my TV and decided to buy a 65" Sony A8G OLED.
I had it installed, mounted etc.
The picture was absolutely fantastic, but a few things just didn't sit well with me.
The brightness. This TV just didn't get very bright, even after calibration, I just didn't like how dark it was. I know this is an issue with OLEDs. I have a decently bright room, with 7 windows, and the sun rises into those windows and stays that way for most of the day. The reflections were pretty noticeable, and even in vivid mode it seemed dark.
With almost all 4k coming in widescreen with black bars, the images I was watching were just too small for my liking. It looked beautiful don't get me wrong, but it was smaller than I wanted, and was not as bright as I desired. This made me think that getting a bigger screen would help combat the black bars, but I can't afford a 75" OLED.
These two things were essentially deal breakers for, and for the price of the TV, I wanted to be a bit happier with my purchase.
I went to Best Buy and explained all of my reasons, and the salesman directed me to the Samsung Q80 in the 75" version. He convinced me to buy it, based on my concerns.
My big question is, how steep of a drop off is this TV from a 65" Sony Ag8 OLED? I know the picture quality will take a hit, but how big of an decrease am I looking at? Is it worth gaining a bigger, brighter TV, with less picture quality? How's the motion difference? I will be 100% streaming on this TV with some minor Xbox games occasionally.
I really don't want to get this Samsung Q80R delivered and set up, only to decide I missed the picture quality of the Sony. It's being delivered in a week, so I have some time to make a decision.
Any advice would be appreciated
It's too much of a personal decision, but I will say that having a bright room and wanting a bigger TV for the money are two perfectly good reasons for choosing LCD over OLED.
Originally Posted by lloydk
Received my 55” A8G yesterday. I attached my cable box and Oppo BPD-93 to HDMI ports. I can get sound through the Sony with the cable box, but I cannot get any sound through the Sony when using the Oppo. I tried all the different HDMI ports. I had the same setup with my old Panasonic plasma and did not have a problem.
Is there any setting on the TV that needs to be changed. I looked through the menus but they are a little confusing and nothing is obvious.
Is the Oppo set to output bitstream or convert to PCM?
Is the Oppo configured to output audio on it's other HDMI port? I know this is very unlikely because it would have been a problem before, but I had to ask.
In case it's some weird handshake problem, try powering everything off, i.e. remove power, don't just put them in standby. Wait a minute, then power everything back up again.
I have an Oppo 103, but it's connected through my pre/pro. If I have some free time this weekend to tear into my AV cabinet, I'll try connecting it directly to the A8G and see if I have the same problem.
Originally Posted by jbalsor
May be returning an LG C9 for either the A8G or A9G.
Depends. What are you hoping to gain and willing to lose?